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Drug & Alcohol Detox Program
The Importance of Interventions
Those struggling with chemical dependency fare better when receiving the benefits of a drug detox program tailored to their needs. While larger, institutionalized facilities risk missing the nuances that make detoxing personal, Bright Future Recovery offers specialized programs and medical detox to ensure a truly individual and comprehensive detox.
Doing all we can to create a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment during drug detox helps minimize the impact of detox withdrawals and its associated symptoms. To align with this approach, our detox center sits on a gorgeous acre in Hollister, CA, surrounded by green hills. Having a home-like environment during drug detox is crucial for healing the mind, body and spirit. Statistics have shown that people who receive medical treatment in a residential-like setting heal faster.
When the time comes and you’re ready to start the first part of addiction treatment, drug detox, it is essential you do not approach the situation alone. Consider working with an experienced interventionist who knows how to assist in setting up the initial conversation between loved ones who need to address drug addiction or alcoholism and accept the invitation to begin drug detox. At the Bright Future Recovery detox center, our medical professionals help navigate through the physical and emotional challenges of clearing the damaging effects of substance abuse and regenerating body and brain balance.
Effective Drug Detox Timeline
Every individual experiences alcoholism and drug addiction differently, and these differences truly make the drug detox experience unique.
As with anything else in the treatment and recovery process, the time needed to complete drug and alcohol medical detox differs, depending on the individual.
Drug withdrawal symptoms and length of treatment depend on the substance of choice used, the typical dosage used, frequency of use, as well as the duration of use. In addition, the type of ancillary services needed during drug detox is recommended based on the findings of an initial medical assessment that uncovers one’s overall state of health.
In general, most individuals receive treatment at our detox center for 7 to 10 days, though some warrant longer stays. Regardless of how long your stay, we are confident you will find our beautiful home and breathtaking property a soothing component of the alcohol or drug detox process. Removal from the stresses of everyday life while surrounded by the beauty of nature amongst the California countryside has proven beneficial for many.
What to Expect from Drug Detox
The process of recovery begins with medical detox and treatment at our home.
However, in order to begin drug detox, a personal admission that you are experiencing a problem with substance abuse must come first. To truly make a change for the better, you must have the desire to move towards a future without the cloud of drug or alcohol use hanging over you. Once you’ve made the decision to seek and accept treatment, you’ll experience medication assisted detox in a home-like setting at our drug detox.
Depending on the drug addiction, individuals may experience the following detox withdrawal symptoms:
- Delirium tremens
- Dizziness, and more
Is it time for Detox?
If your level of substance use has become so dire that you are seriously considering professional rehabilitation, then you should certainly plan for detox treatment as part of your recovery journey.
Detox will help flush all of the toxins and substances out of your system so your body can truly begin to heal. As you’ve been reading, withdrawal is an arduous process, and undergoing professional treatment during this time can alleviate many of those symptoms.
Additionally, medical detox removes the risk of dying during the withdrawal process, which sometimes happens in cases where people are addicted to alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids or stimulants.
For people with full-blown chemical dependencies, attempting to self-detox at home is inadvisable: The minimum risk is relapse; the biggest risk is death.
Effects of Alcoholism and Detox
Once alcohol reaches the brain, it has an immediate intoxicating effect.
The drinker loses personal inhibitions as blood alcohol levels rise, so much so, that consciousness can be lost, also referred to as blackout. Once the need for alcohol consumption has escalated, the next drink becomes the primary source of mental focus—putting every other aspect of livelihood at risk.
Symptoms of alcoholism include slurred speech, incoordination, loss of control in bodily movements, memory loss, respiratory depression, coma, liver failure, esophageal varices (bleeding from the esophagus), and death.
Malnutrition is a big factor in alcoholism due to a decrease in nutrient intake. A person suffering with alcohol use disorder will choose drinking over food, known as primary malnutrition. Digestion impairment and malabsorption of nutrients cause secondary malnutrition. Eventually, tertiary malnutrition results, inhibiting the ability to convert nutrients (including vitamins A, B, D, E, K) and fat absorption, adversely affecting brain and body system health.
Delirium tremens usually appears 48 to 72 hours after the last intake of alcohol. DTs commonly seen in clients who have withdrawal seizures, acute mental illness, liver failure and older age.
- Severe anxiety
- Profuse sweating
- High blood pressure
- Racing and irregular heartbeat
- Severe tremors
- Low-grade fever
Alcohol detox can begin as early as two hours after the last drink and require up to a two-week stay. Alcohol detox symptoms can range from mild anxiety and shakiness to severe complications, such as seizures and delirium tremens (DTs).
Common detox withdrawal symptoms include shaky hands, sweating, mild anxiety, nausea, vomiting, headaches and insomnia.
Once drinking intake has stopped, some clients may experience visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations within the first 12 to 24 hours and usually end by 48 hours. However, alcohol detox isn’t a completely predictable process which is why it’s important to engage in medically-supervised detox, as there is a very high mortality rate.
Withdrawal seizure disorders are more common in those clients who already have a preexisting seizure disorder. The seizures usually can be seen within 24 and 48 hours after the last drink. The risk level goes up for those clients who have gone through multiple detoxifications which can be common as alcoholism is a recurring disease.
Life After Treatment at Our Detox Center
Once the physical and emotional effects of drug detox have subsided, it is time to begin the road to recovery. First, however, it is essential to address which unique emotional and behavioral aspects contributed to the development of your addiction.
Before beginning other treatment, our trained staff will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health, which may have changed during your recent detox experience. In addition, we will perform a personalized assessment of any familial or environmental components to your addiction. The information gathered will provide valuable insights into your treatment program moving forward.
Further, it is common for individuals suffering with addiction to experience coexisting conditions such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Our professional addiction rehab staff has experience in treating these kinds of coexisting disorders alongside alcohol or drug treatment to ensure that we identify and manage all parts of your emotional and psychological well-being. We will work diligently to craft a treatment program that addresses your unique needs.